Who are you? My name is Drew Kincius, and I would best describe myself as a lifelong advocate of community through personal empowerment. I currently am the general manager at The Bureau, with two coworking facilites in Fletcher Place neighborhood. I am the COO of Elevation Wellness, a wellness coaching business that focuses on whole-foods plant-based nutrition and affordable, accessible models of exercise. I run media for the amazing inner-city co-ed soccer league Indy City Futbol. I enjoy making noise via drums – I also play drums and manage a Prince cover band, Royalty.
How do you use the Trail? The Trail is great for so many reasons. I run in the morning 3 – 4 days a week on it. It’s energizing to see the city wake up as the sun begins to rise over it. I like to bike: as a proud Pacers BikeShare member, the Trail connects me to all of the essential spots of downtown, as well as all may of the bustling nearside neighborhoods. Friends in town? That’s when the Trail becomes my path to showing off endless monuments downtown, dozens of restaurants in Fletcher Place and Fountain Square, or various spots of frosty libations along Mass Ave.
How is your life different having the Cultural Trail downtown? Indianapolis is a challenge to get around – not because of traffic, but it’s simply takes up a lot of space. The Trail allows me to cover ground quickly from the south side by Fountain Square all the way to the IUPUI campus in less than 10 minutes. Biking builds ownership of our city – it allows for a more personal and connected commute where you see and feel the city up close. Less cars = less pollution = happy lungs and trees.
Any good stories to share from your time on the Cultural Trail? The Bureau overlooks Virginia Avenue in Fletcher Place avenue. The Trail provides top-notch people watching. I’ve seen a man dressed like Santa riding a sled, a handlebar mustached-man riding a giant unicycle, and even protests. For the animal lover, there is literally an endless amount of owners walking their dogs. It shows how universal the appeal is for The Trail: it’s a showcase for the growing diversity of the city.
Any final thoughts? The Trail is one of the defining aspects of downtown Indy. It serves as a catalyst for growth and a connecting path for those who take pride in what Indy is and will become.
— This is part two in a new series we’re calling Real Trail Talk. We’re looking for your stories, big and small, on how the Cultural Trail has changed life for you in downtown Indianapolis. Interested in participating? Contact Sarah, firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more stories every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.